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Helping your Child Become a Better Reader

Why is it so Important for Our Kids to Read for at Least 20 Minutes Each Day?

Research suggests that the more time students spend reading independently, the higher their gains will be in reading achievement. Research also indicates that having a strong vocabulary helps students succeed academically because it improves their ability to comprehend text they read and hear (Irvin 1998, 128).

When students read a million words of text annually, about 1 in 20 of these words will be learned. This leads to the acquisition of between 750 and 1,500 words a year simply by reading (Nagy and Herman, 1987, 26). It has also been found from multiple, strictly controlled, long-term studies, that reading volume is directly connected to reading success for all students, regardless of ability (Cunningham and Stanovich 1988).